The House of Switzerland closed in the night after the big closing ceremony in Sochi its doors to visitors. Review the best moments from 17 truly Olympic days in our highlight clip.
The Olympic games ended last night with the closing ceremony in Fisht stadium. Its directors were Daniele Finzi Pasca (on the right of the picture), his wife Julie Hamelin and Hugo Gargiulo, all Swiss and the founders of the Ticino based Compagnia Finzi Pasca. The Swiss company, which already directed the closing...
This is a story about passion. Two passions, to be correct – one for wine and one for Russia’s South. When Renaud and Marina Burnier first met twenty years ago, she was a Russian student, and he was working at his family’s vineyard in Vully, in the canton of Fribourg. In a newspaper add, she had read about an offer to care for a vine for ten years at the Burniers and get a bottle of wine with her own name on it in exchange. Renaud suggested a different idea: «Why only one vine? I will let you take care of 800.» She agreed and began to spend her free time at the Burnier vineyard.
Eleven medals by Sunday morning, six of them in gold, and 25 diplomas – the Swiss team looks back on highly successful Sochi games. The faces of Swiss Olympic President Jörg Schild, Chef de Mission Gian Gilli and Chief Medical Officer Christian Schlegel looked accordingly content during their final press conference. For Gilli and Schlegel it was the last press conference for Swiss Olympic in general – both will leave the organization after Sochi.
It was short but sweet, Bastian Baker’s concert at the House of Switzerland this evening. The sympathetic singer/songwriter from Lausanne took the stage around dinnertime. The crowd immediately listened up, including the bronze-winning girls from the Swiss Women’s Hockey Team. The Russian guests waiting in line for their Rösti and Älplermaccaroni were also visibly taken with the 23 year old: Baker welcomed them not only in French, English and Swiss German, but also in Russian. From that multilingual moment on, he and his acoustic guitar owned the courtyard of the House.
«On a nice day, you can see the sunsets over the Black Sea. If you turn around, you see the House of Switzerland – incredible», raves Brigitte Spring from Biel. She is standing on Roza Peak, 2320 meters above sea level. Although the summit is clouded by fog today, it still reveals an impressive view down the steep valleys. Together with her colleagues Fred Tanner from Andermatt and Daniel Durot from Solothurn, Spring came to Sochi as a volunteer. «For me, a childhood dream has come true», says Spring.